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After the Sunset (2004)

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The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he'd capture him, is about to do just that.

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Brett Ratner

Writers:

Paul Zbyszewski (story), Paul Zbyszewski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Max Burdett
Salma Hayek ... Lola Cirillo
Woody Harrelson ... Stan Lloyd
Don Cheadle ... Henri Mooré
Naomie Harris ... Sophie
Chris Penn ... Rowdy Fan
Troy Garity ... Luc
Obba Babatundé ... Zacharias (as Obba Babatunde)
Russell Hornsby ... Jean-Paul
Mykelti Williamson ... Agent Stafford
Rex Linn ... Agent Kowalski
Robert Curtis Brown ... Lakers FBI Agent
Mark Moses ... Lakers FBI Agent
Michael Bowen ... FBI Driver
Tony Ledard Tony Ledard ... Referee
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Storyline

After a successful last score, a master thief retires to an island paradise. His lifelong nemesis, a crafty FBI agent, washes ashore to ensure he's making good on his promise. The pair soon enters into a new game of cat-and-mouse. Written by Anonymous

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Who will walk away?

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Al caer la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,100,392, 14 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,328,132, 30 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,347,797, 18 March 2006
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films, became the sixth major actor or actress who has starred in motion pictures based on works of John le Carré and Ian Fleming, both famous spy novelists. Harris' role as Gail Perkins in Our Kind of Traitor (2016) followed her two previous appearances in Bond movies, in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery portrayed James Bond on-screen, and have starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990), respectively. Of Connery's 007 Bond films, his one unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983), co-starred Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in The Russia House (1990). Connery and Brandauer have starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Also, Harris and Brosnan appeared in After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray "M" in the Bond films, Bernard Lee, was the first actor to do Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's Spion aan de muur (1965), which was the first filmed adaptation of a le Carré novel. John le Carré's The Constant Gardener (2005) starred Ralph Fiennes, who played Justin Quayle, and has portrayed "M" (Gareth Mallory) in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), as has Harris played Miss Eve Moneypenny in the two. Rachel Weisz, the wife of Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie. See more »

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While Sophie is speaking to Stan in the bar after discovering he is an FBI agent, her belt goes from being outside her jacket to inside her jacket between shots. See more »

Quotes

Henri Mooré: Mr. Burdett. It is a pleasure to meet you, sir.
Max Burdett: Oh, you're American. Hmm. Henri Mooré?
Henri Mooré: Ah, my name is Henry Moore. I place the thing on the 'e'. I felt it more appropriate to my surroundings.
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References Rupan sansei (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Go Where You Wanna Go
Written by John Phillips
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Is The Tone Right?
14 November 2004 | by gcrokusSee all my reviews

Opening with a scene at a professional basketball game, we quickly find, as do observing FBI agents, that we've been had. The die is cast; 'After the Sunset' will provide a series of feints and jabs, dodges and weavings that will prove to be less edifying than some great jewel heist films of the past. But we still are treated to enough satisfying moments to say this is a pretty good film.

Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his girlfriend Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) are in retirement, having stepped down from the ranks of the international jewel thief set, and are enjoying the good life in the Bahamas. Woody Harrelson (as FBI agent Stan Lloyd) has appeared on the scene; he is less sure they have retired and with the arrival in port of a ship-borne display of jewels (featuring 'The Third Napoleon Diamond' in the collection) has them under close watch.

Agent Lloyd has always been thwarted in capturing Max and Lola; this is personal. How the characters play against each other (various local officials become interested and ultimately involved as well) as the clock ticks (the ship is due to leave soon) elevates our interest. Don Cheadle (local crime boss Kingpin) is a key figure among the Bahamians with influence on the outcome.

Jewel heist in paradise. That might be a working title for a script which would become the film 'After the Sunset'. Writer Paul Zbyszewski (previous experience on TV's 'The Weakest Link') has fashioned a reasonably believable story line (see Roger Ebert for discussion of plot holes - http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041111/REVIEWS/41006006/1023) involving electro-technical moments, great use of locations, wry humor (Woody Harrelson does go over the top in some mugging moments, but overall is quite engaging), and certainly deserves another opportunity to develop a script.

A killer cast of capable actors is expected to deliver and does. No doubt the script could have been terser, the lines more memorable or the plot more believable. We don't get all of the sheer class of the recent 'Ocean's Eleven', the raw energy of 'The Italian Job' or the gut laughs of 'Team America: World Police'. But Salma Hayek works her minimal exposure maximally (her physical charms alone are arresting), Brosnan is an interesting study in this a more laid back role than we are accustomed to seeing from him and Don Cheadle proves again he can do anything, including portray what for all intents is a gangster.

In an interview on the set of the film in January, director Brett Ratner notes about how he saw this as more a 'character-driven movie' and not just a 'big action heist'. He further notes that in taking on the task of balancing all the elements – comedy, action/adventure, drama - 'It's more of a challenge for me. Can I do a movie like this and get the tone right? If it's too broad, you don't care about the characters. If it's too serious, it's just a dramatic film and you then don't care.' (http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=3457)

'After The Sunset' is one of those films you just want to work and because you do redemption is sought in what probably are the small things. This jewel heist caper is a little above the cut of customary plex fare, and the nearly full theater of attentive viewers speaks to the dearth of just plain old decent films at the moment. We were not disappointed, and maybe agree the director CAN do a film like this.

Rating: 2- ¾ stars.


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